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La traviata (2016)

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Running time: About 3 hours 20 minutes | Including two intervals

La traviata (2016)

Verdi’s tragic opera of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love is vividly told in Richard Eyre’s production.


The story

Alfredo and the courtesan Violetta fall passionately in love. But Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont, disapproves of their relationship.

Germont convinces Violetta that she must leave Alfredo, for the family’s sake – not realizing that Violetta is very ill. Alfredo is distraught, believing that Violetta has left him out of self-interest. When Violetta is on her deathbed Germont understands the extent of her sacrifice. He confesses all to Alfredo, who is with Violetta as she dies.


‘A toast to the pleasures of life!’ – so sings Violetta, her new admirer Alfredo and her party guests in the opening scene of Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata. But beneath the surface glamour of Violetta’s Parisian life run darker undercurrents: her doomed love for Alfredo and the tensions the lovers encounter when they break society’s conventions. La traviata, inspired by Alexandre Dumas fils’s play La Dame aux camélias – itself based on the true story of the courtesan Marie Duplessis – is one of the most popular operas, combining drama, profound emotion and wonderful melody.

Richard Eyre’s classic production conveys the indulgent social whirl of 19th-century Paris. It provides a vivid setting for Verdi’s gorgeous score – its many highlights include Violetta’s introspective ‘Ah fors’è lui’ and ecstatic ‘Sempre libera’; the duet ‘Pura siccome un angelo’, as Giorgio Germont begs Violetta to leave Alfredo; and ‘Parigi, o cara’, in which the lovers poignantly imagine a life that will never be theirs. The role of Violetta (the ‘fallen woman’ of the title) is one of Verdi’s most complex and enduring characters – and one of his most beloved.



Giuseppe Verdi


Francesco Maria Piave


Richard Eyre


Bob Crowley

Lighting designer

Jean Kalman

Director of movement

Jane Gibson


Yves Abel
Violetta Valéry
Venera Gimadieva
Alfredo Germont
Saimir Pirgu
Giorgio Germont
Luca Salsi
Flora Bervoix
Andrea Hill
Gastone de Letorières
Samuel Sakker
Sarah Pring
Baron Douphol
Yuriy Yurchuk
Doctor Grenvil
James Platt
Marquis D'Obigny
Jeremy White
Neil Gillespie
John Bernays
Michael Lessiter
Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House

La traviata Digital Programme

La traviata Digital Programme

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Cast sheets

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News and features

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